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Six-fold rise in ceasefire violations from 2015 to 2018: Govt

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“41 security men killed in militancy-related, stone-pelting incidents in Kashmir”

New Delhi/Jammu, Jul 30:  The ceasefire violations (CFVs) along the Line of Control has increased six-fold from 2015 to 2018, the government informed the Rajya Sabha today.

Replying to a question in the Upper House, Minister of State in the Defence Ministry Subhash Bhamre said there were 152 cases of CFVs in 2015.

It increased to 228 in 2016, 860 in 2017 and 2018 (until July 23) in 942, Bhamre said in a written response.

Cross-border firing along the India-Pakistan international border increased by nearly two times from 2015 to 2018, he said.

In 2015, there were 253 instances of cross-border firing, 221 in 2016, 111 in 2017 and 490 cases in 2018.

From 2015 to 2018, the Army has lost 44 personnel due to ceasefire violations while 25 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel died in cross-border firing, he added.

As many as 69 civilians have been killed in these firings, Bhamre said.

Meanwhile, in Jammu, officials today said that as many as 41 security personnel, including 20 policemen, were killed and 907 others injured in militancy-related and stone-pelting incidents in Kashmir valley this year.

Giving details, the officials said 39 security personnel, including 17 Army personnel, 20 policemen and two CRPF personnel, were killed and 96 others injured in militancy-related incidents in first six months of this year.

Of these, 28 Army personnel, 31 CRPF personnel and 37 policemen were injured in militancy-related incidents, they said.

In stone-pelting incidents, two CRPF personnel were killed and 811 others injured during the same period, the officials said.

Of these, 592 policemen and 219 CRPF personnel were injured in 734 incidents of stone-pelting in the valley, they said.

According to the officials, 32 civilians were killed and 117 others injured in militancy-related and stone-pelting incidents.

Twenty-five civilians were killed and 54 others injured in militancy-related incidents while seven civilians were killed and 63 others injured in law and order incidents, they added.

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